Ilford ULF Films any time soon?

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  1. reggie

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    Hi:

    I have read on the Ilford forum that there is a possibility that they will make some ULF films. Does anyone have any info on this? Sizes? Will they cut these sizes one or two times a year?

    Any info would be appreciated.

    -R
     
  2. David A. Goldfarb

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    I have no idea what their plans are but if, by some small miracle, they make 7x17 FP4, I will buy a s&*t load of it.
     
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    Just FYI, I noticed that Efke PL100 is on sale in 7x17" at J&C--half price (short or past date, I'm guessing).
     
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    Thanks Dave,

    I had missed that
     
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    Hi

    I am Simon from ILFORD Photo / HARMAN technology Limited : We are currently in the feasability stage of various ULF sizes ( see the link to the thread ) it will be HP5+ and FP4+ only, date of production will be notified once the product launch phase is agreed.

    Simon.
     
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    Thanks Simon! If I may steal the thread for a moment, Simon, do you know if SFX will make a return and if so, in what formats?
     
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    This is not a realy good message from overseas. HP5+, in size 9x12cm, now in Germany over 30% increase in price??? Is there any explanation for it??? The next price increase for about 20% are the papers. Be aware...
     
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    Harry - considering the diminished market, I'd consider a 30% price increase to be rather modest. The new, restructured company needs to be profitable, even if with a smaller market base. The alternative (no film or paper) is even less pleasant.
     
  10. Simon R Galley

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    Dear Jim,

    SFX : We are considering manufacturing once per annum : The date we have talked about is March 2006 : But this will be highly dependant on a few factors, roll film
    volumes are so small this will not be made agfain ...sorry.

    SIMON.
     
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    Dear Harry,

    We have many factors that influence the cost of manufacture, raw materials, energy costs, batch sizes, stock turns etc, when you get to low volume products like mono sheet films we have had to adjust pricing. But what you have seen in Germany ( and other places as well ) is a combination of factors, some related to the change to a distributor market and and price adjustments that were required on the founding of the new company HARMAN technnology Limited back in February. We will do our best to offer best value for money and continue to make as wide a range of products available as possible.

    Simon.
     
  12. Jim Chinn

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    Unfortuantely the scarcity of mfgs of ULF film is going to have an effect on pricing. Also as demand for smaller formats decreases the cost of production and running the machines has to be spread over a smaller pool of consumers.

    If Ilford was the only game in town I would be worried about overly high pricing, but with Efke and Foma also making ULF film there is competition.

    Personally I don't mind paying higher prices for Ilford or Kodak ULF film for one reason- consistency. With Ilford I am 99.9% confident that when I buy film the quality will be excellent. IN ULF FP4 and HP5 should handle any possible subject matter and situation.
     
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    Thanks. At least it might be in 35. That's something!
     
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    Hi Simon from ILFORD Photo / HARMAN technology Limited - Thanks for the good news as I have customers waiting to place orders for ultra large format film.

    Fred Newman/View Camera Store
     
  15. Michael Kadillak

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    Hello Simon:

    We are anxiously waiting Ilford ULF films and to continue to support Ilford in their contribution to the LF community. FP4 is my choice and I will acquire a second freezer with news of availability of sheet films in larger sizes. Cheers!